Convicted rapist Danny Masterson had been living apart from wife Bijou Phillips for five years, according to papers she filed in their divorce following his 30-years-to-life prison sentence.
The stunning admission appears to fly in the face of the devotion Phillips showed by standing by her husband’s side through two lengthy court trials and the assumption by many that the divorce was filed to protect the couple’s assets.
In the papers, obtained by DailyMail.com, Phillips is careful to say that the couple’s 9-year-old daughter Fianna has lived only with her mother in Santa Ynez, California, since 2018.
She says that for the first four years of the little girl’s life she lived with both her and Masterson in their Hollywood compound. They sold that five bed, four-bath Moorish mansion for $6.2 million in 2021.
Before his prison sentence, Masterson, 47, had been seen at the Santa Ynez home and it was believed they lived together.
DailyMail.com can reveal that Danny Masterson and wife Bijou Phillips had been living separately for five years, according to divorce papers she filed
The bombshell comes despite Phillips standing by her husband’s side throughout his two rape trials. Bijou is seen kissing Masterson while on a lunch break during the trial
In the papers, obtained by DailyMail.com, Phillips is careful to say that the couple’s 9-year-old daughter Fianna has lived only with her mother in Santa Ynez, California, since 2018
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Phillips gave the date of the couple’s separation as ‘TBD [to be determined]’
This is the home where, according to documents, Bijou has lived with her nine-year-old daughter since 2018
Repeated calls and emails to Phillips’s lawyer Peter Lauzon to explain the discrepancy were not returned.
Phillips, 43, filed for divorce from Scientologist Masterson on Monday in Santa Barbara, California, 35 miles east of Santa Ynez. She gave the date of the couple’s separation as ‘TBD [to be determined]’.
If Phillips had wanted to hide the apparent living arrangements she could have ticked a box saying they were confidential as many celebrities involved in California divorces do. But instead her exact address was listed.
The couple bought the home in Santa Ynez, a celebrity enclave where Michael Jackson, Olivia Newton John and Bo Derek have lived among others, for $1.27million in 2016. It sits on 9.5 acres and has a four-bedroom main house along with separate accommodation for guests and a barn with room for five horses.
Phillips, who appeared devastated when Masterson was sentenced to the hefty prison term after being convicted of raping two women, was seen without her wedding ring at a restaurant near the property on Wednesday.
Phillips was seen without her wedding ring at a restaurant on Wednesday
The blonde mom dressed down in baggy jeans and a black tank for an hour-long lunch with a friend and smiled broadly during the outing.
The lunch came less than two days after she filed to end her marriage, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for full custody of her daughter as well as spousal support.
In contrast, Masterson is currently inmate number 6614941 in LA County’s Men’s Central Jail awaiting a transfer to an as-yet-undecided state prison.
Earlier this week, his devastated mother Carol and younger brother Jordan, 37, were photographed entering the 5,640-capacity lock-up in downtown Los Angeles – a two-hour drive from Santa Ynez.
Phillips has yet to visit but did support Masterson throughout his rape trial and burst into tears on hearing his sentence before sneaking out of court through a back door.
Shortly after Masterson’s sentencing, friends told DailyMail.com that Phillips still ‘can’t accept’ that the That 70s Show star is a convicted rapist while his lawyer Shawn Holley told TMZ that he plans to appeal.
A source close to Phillips told DailyMail.com: ‘Bijou’s only positive outlook on things stems from her trust in Danny and the appeal process.
‘She is hanging on to the fact that she completely trusts he never did what he was charged for, she can’t accept that to be true. And she is looking to the appeal process for justice to be served.
‘Danny is adamant he did nothing wrong and Bijou believes him. Her other thoughts are a little more scary and morbid: she doesn’t believe Danny will harm himself in jail, but she is very worried someone will harm him or even kill him and the stress that is bringing her is on its own level of stress that she never has felt before.
‘It is a nightmare, but she will be on his side moving forward and continue to be present for their daughter.’
The document say that for the first four years of their daughter’s life she lived with both her and Masterson in their Hollywood compound. They sold that five bed, four-bath Moorish mansion for $6.2 million in 2021
After the conviction, sources said that Phillips was coming to terms with the prospect of raising her child alone
In 2020, Danny posted a loved up photo with his wife. According to the court documents they would have been living separately for two years at the time
Masterson had two trials over the rapes with the first, in November 2022 ending in a mistrial after a different jury were hopelessly deadlocked on all three rape charges.
‘He was freed on $3.3million bail throughout both, but that freedom ended with his conviction on two of the charges on May 31.
At his September 7 sentencing, Masterson’s victims tearfully told the courtroom how he had ruined their lives.
‘You are pathetic, disturbed and extremely violent and the world is a safer place with you in prison,’ said one, identified as Jane Doe #2, looking straight at the actor, who was dressed in a gray suit and open-neck gray shirt.
‘You are a true coward and heartless monster,’ added Jane Doe #1. ‘I think life is an appropriate sentence.’
His accusers are all former Scientologists and are also suing the actor and the Church of Scientology in civil court, claiming that they’ve been harassed and intimidated since reporting him to police. The church has repeatedly denied that it has harassed the victims.
A status hearing on that civil case is scheduled for September 26.
Masterson blew his wife a kiss in the court room as he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars, seen in a court sketch
Letters released by the court following sentencing showed Phillips, along with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, had written letters to Judge Charlaine Olmedo begging for leniency.
In hers, Phillips described him as a ‘life-saving partner’ and described how he had ‘toiled long days’ on their ranch to make it profitable.
She concluded: ‘We need him more than you can imagine. I know he has been convicted of serious crimes.
‘But the man I married has only been an extraordinary husband to me and a devoted father to our daughter.’
Kutcher and Kunis, who married in 2015, issued a groveling apology after being vilified for their support of Masterson. They had described him as an ‘exceptional person’.
Both previously starred alongside him on That 70s Show. Kutcher had told the judge ‘I do not believe he is an ongoing harm to society’ adding that ‘having his daughter raised without a present father’ would be ‘a tertiary injustice in and of itself’.
Kunis, meanwhile, had told Judge Olmedo of Masterson’s ‘exceptional character and the tremendous positive influence he has had on me and the people around him’.